The ongoing saga of the hunt for fugitive Brian Laundrie took a strange turn this week when online sleuths seized upon a rumor that the fiance of now-deceased Gabby Petito has been hiding from law enforcement beneath a raised flower bed in his parents’ Florida yard, according to the New York Post.
Reporting indicates that the self-appointed Internet problem-solvers claim that drone footage that has made the rounds on social media shows a hand poking through the soil in said flower bed, thus revealing Laundrie’s presence at his family home.
In the video at issue, a woman said to resemble Laundrie’s mother, Roberta, is seen tending to the raised bed while her husband stands close by, prompting accompanying claims that their son may be secluding himself in a bunker beneath its structure.
TikTok users convinced of the theory’s validity have made their positions known online, saying, “There is definitely someone there. You cannot change my mind,” and “Brian is under the garden bed. Watch him hand his mother something,” as the Post further noted.
Though some were wholly persuaded of the outlandish hypothesis, others on social media forcefully dismissed the notion, stating that the FBI had already conducted an extensive search of the Laundrie home.
“I can’t believe people actually think Brian Laundrie is in a bunker under their flower bed. Realistically, who would coincidentally have an underground bunker in their backyard already OR be able to build one by the time they realized Gabby was missing?” opined Twitter user @Erin_Rae_.
The weeks-old manhunt for Laundrie, 23, who is a person of interest in the killing of Petito and is also wanted on debit card fraud charges, continues to grip the nation, with high-profile figures including reality television personality Duane Chapman, also known as Dog the Bounty Hunter, joining the search.
According to FBI agent Terry Turchie, individuals on the run from the law such as Laundrie “tend to try to figure out” a way to get to their “comfort zone,” and that is, he explained to Fox News Digital, where the young fugitive is likely to be found.
Though Laundrie was reportedly known to enjoy rugged hiking and camping adventures, Turchie believes “he’s somewhere where he’s probably being taken care of,” adding, “When you see how he came running home after something obviously happened, that kind of tells you what he’s probably doing now,” but whether that lends credence to the rather far-fetched flower bed theory, only time will tell.